Upstate Teacher Accused of Criminal Sexual Conduct with One of Her Students
According to the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department, a local teacher has been arrested for criminal sexual conduct for inappropriate behavior with a 14-year-old student.
29-year-old Courtney Clark Kay, of Spartanburg, was interviewed by law enforcement and then arrested on Friday, February 8th, for criminal sexual conduct.
The investigation began at the end of January because the 14-year-old student’s parents suspected that there had been some inappropriate Facebook messages had passed between their child and Kay, who was his science teacher.
Kay was a science teacher at Spartanburg High School Freshman Academy. She also previously coached the girls’ junior varsity volleyball team.
When the parents confronted her on January 30th, she resigned her teaching position with the school. She also admitted that she knew she violated the district policy of no fraternizing with students, according to deputies. Investigators also uncovered that there had been some inappropriate touching between the two, and deputies say that the touching happened on school property.
During the official interview with Kay on Friday, February 8th, Kay confessed to the majority of her victims’ allegations.
An investigator with the Special Victim’s Unit presented the investigation to a judge, who then issued a warrant for Kay for criminal sexual conduct with a minor, third degree. Kay was transported to the Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility on Friday night.
South Carolina Criminal Sexual Conduct Charges
If you have criminal sexual charges on your record, you could be denied future opportunities for jobs or education.
Whether you have been arrested and charged with:
- statutory rape,
- solicitation of a minor, including internet sex crimes,
- sexual assault,
- criminal sexual conduct/rape, or
- possession or distribution of child pornography
Our criminal sexual conduct lawyers are familiar with the system. The Strom Law Firm, LLC understands the implications of a sexual conduct conviction
According to the South Carolina Judicial Department, criminal sexual conduct requires:
- That the accused engaged in sexual battery with the victim; and
That one or more of the following circumstances are present:
A. the accused used aggravated force to accomplish the sexual battery, and/or
B. the victim submitted to the sexual battery under circumstances where the victim is also the victim of forcible confinement, kidnapping, robbery, extortion, burglary, housebreaking, or any other similar offense or act.
C. the accused caused the victim, without the victim’s consent, to become mentally incapacitated or physically helpless by administering, distributing, dispensing, delivering, or causing to be administered, distributed, dispensed, or delivered a controlled substance, a controlled substance analogue, or any intoxicating substance.
The law surrounding criminal sexual conduct with a minor is complex
The attorneys at the Strom Law Firm are based in Columbia, SC and are licensed to practice throughout South Carolina, as well as Georgia and New York. Collectively, we have over 30 years of experience with the law. If you face charges of criminal sexual conduct in South Carolina, you could face years in prison and lifetime registration on the sex offender registry. Do not let charges of criminal sexual conduct ruin your reputation and your future. The attorneys at the Strom Law Firm can help. We offer free, confidential consultations to discuss the facts of your case. 803.252.4800.